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Published on January 25, 2016

New Exercise Program Helps Patients Achieve Weight-Loss Goals

WATERBURY, Conn. (January 25, 2016) ─ Saint Mary’s Hospital is now offering a Bariatric Wellness Program for patients who are preparing for or have completed weight loss surgery.

The program is led by Saint Mary’s registered nurses and exercise physiologists, who provide medical monitoring of patients and create an exercise program tailored to patients’ individual goals. Classes include low-impact exercise, light resistance training and balance training, if needed. The program is designed to increase energy, strength and balance while improving patients’ overall sense of well-being and helping them to stay on track with their weight-loss goals.

“Weight loss surgery is a life-changing decision. We work closely with our patients before, during and after surgery to help them understand the lifestyle changes that will be necessary for them to achieve their goals and live healthier lives,” said Susan Bongiorni, RN, BSN, Clinical Manager and Bariatrics Coordinator. “Exercise is an important component to any weight loss surgery and we are very excited to offer this new program, which will make it easier for patients to take the first steps toward staying active and achieving long-term success.”

The program is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7 to 8:30 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m. For more information or to register, please call 203-709-7722.

About Saint Mary’s Hospital

Saint Mary’s Health System is a leading regional healthcare provider anchored by Saint Mary’s Hospital, an acute care community teaching hospital that has served Greater Waterbury for more than 100 years. Licensed for 347 beds, Saint Mary’s is designated as a Level II Trauma Center, offers award-winning cardiac and stroke care and houses the region’s only pediatric emergency care unit. As the leading provider of surgical services in Greater Waterbury, Saint Mary’s was the first to introduce the daVinci® Robotic Surgery System. The health system’s satellites and affiliates extend from Waterbury to Wolcott, Naugatuck, Southbury, Prospect and Watertown. Visit for more information or follow us on Facebook at SaintMarysHospitalCT or Twitter at @SaintMarysCT.

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